Tuesday, April 28, 2009

First to Third: What's a Pirate's Favorite Letter?

R. (Get it?)

Well, we know it's not K since through April 26th, Pittsburgh sat in the basement of the National League with only 92 strikeouts for their pitching staff. The only other NL team under 100? That AAA team in disguise, the Nats. The Pittsburgh Pirates favorite letter could also be E and not for error, but for earned. The Pirates have allowed a league-best 50 earned runs this years and are the only pitching staff with an ERA under 3.00. This translates into every manager's favorite letter: W.

At 11-7, the Pirates are playing way better than anyone ever thought they would and it's thanks to their pitching staff. Zach Duke is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA and Paul Maholm has a 2.03 ERA. How legit are the Pirates? Last week they swept the Marlins, sending the fish back down to earth after their torrid start to 2009. No one expects the Pirates to win the World Series this year or even make the playoffs, but it looks like Pittsburgh has finally righted the ship (I know, I'm terrible) and the Pirates may be on track for a .500 season.

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Scott said...


I love the "shout out" to my hometown Buccos. You don't realize what a great baseball town Pittsburgh is and what an above .500 season would do for this city. In order to make any sort of run towards .500 this season, they need to somehow win in Milwaukee. I think they've lost 16 straight heading into Wednesday.

Great article....hopefully we'll be having this same conversation in mid-July.

Mike Colligan said...

In case you somehow missed the Milwaukee-Pittsburgh game last night, there were a few fireworks...


Marc Edelman said...

No first baseman beating up sausages?

I miss Randall Simon.

Louise said...

Pittsburgh Pirates should be always competitive enough to keep pace with the others. I really like them; they’ve always been my favourite teams in MLB. Just read about them here: